Style Secrets | More or less the 6 rules for stacking jewelry

I guess we all agree simplicity is preferable to complexity, but isn’t stacking jewelry amazing? Less is more- the phrase adopted, from the Robert Browning’s poem “Andrea del Sarto, also called ‘The Faultless Painter”, in 1947, by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a precept for Minimalist design and architecture- is not always stylish.

Because, sometimes the more bracelets, necklaces and rings you add, the prettier your outfit becomes!

I just love looking at those perfect photos on instagram and pinterest where rings, bracelets and necklaces are perfectly layered in a super stylish maximal balance.


Stacking jewelry


My favorite creative ways to layer jewelry are summed up in the above collage.

The 6 rules for stacking jewelry

Even though I have read the are no rules in layering different jewelry, if you study the pictures you will find similarities.

1. Choose necklace lengths

Shop a necklace in three consecutive lengths. Place them so that there is approximately 2 inches vertical distance between them.

necklace lengths

Usually, you will see 16’’ bar necklace + 18’’ dainty necklace + 20’’ crystal necklace. However, using the chart above you can decode the pictures you like. Because always rules are meant to be broken, especially when you accessorize.

2. Choose similar metals

When staking necklaces, rings or bracelets consider choosing metals with the same or a similar finish.

3. Stick to simplicity

A common trick to successfully stacking necklaces and rings is to stick to delicate, simple pieces. Celebrities master this rule with fine jewelry diamond stacking on the red carpet.

4. Ring stacking … Keep on finger bare

According to Huffington post Stack multiple on one finger, keep a finger bare and mix metals for the best results. Playing with color and texture is the best way to keep it interesting.

ring stacking rules

The rings above are by Selin Kent, a talented New York-based jewelry designer who hails from Istanbul, Turkey.

5. Fingers’ Feng Shui

One of Coco Chanel‘s famous quotes is “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

Catherine Alexander, Founder and Designer of Stanmore told Forbes. “The one rule is balance, so pay attention to your fingers’ Feng Shui!  I personally wear a stack of four or five similar thin rings on my first finger, a tall yet simple shape on my middle finger, and then a short stack of two different-sized rings on my ring finger. That way I have near-uniform ring-height across my hand but the total look isn’t overwhelming.”

6. Add a mid- ring

Midi rings are aren’t meant to be silent and they look better when paired with more hand jewelry.


I have selected jewelry to mix and match with style from $30. November is the month I start thinking of Christmas gifts and stackable jewelry are always welcomed.

I am drooling over this Freida Rothman gold and black set of 5 stackable rings from Nordstrom and this Gorjana midi ring… it’s just $25 with perfect packing … an ideal stocking filler…

However, multi pack ring sets will definitely make your life easier…

Have a lovely Day!!!


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